The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is business Unit of the National Research Foundation.
Join SAASTA at the Johannesburg Observatory for an evening among the stars. Sky viewing takes place every Wednesday from about 18:00 if the skies are clear. Participation is free. Phone Mavis at 011 551 5940 for more information.
We appreciate all your photos and loving going through them all. Winners will be announced during November 2011.
Science is made fun and easy at the MTN Science Centre in Cape Town.
Learners participating in activities at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre during National Science Week 2010. National Science Week is an annual country-wide celebration of science, funded by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by SAASTA.
Learners have great fun while learning about the properties of light in SAASTA's Mirror Maze, at the Johannesburg Observatory. For more information on school visits, contact Mavis at 011 551 5940.
SA Science Lens - two worms take a swim - Claire Hoving's winning entry in the Science Close-up category of the SA Science Lens Competition. It shows two gravid female nematode worms (Nippostrongylus Braziliensis) surrounded by bubbles in a saline solution.
In recognition of women’s scientific achievements, SAASTA developed an exhibit to share women physicists’ love of physics with you as a way of bringing the world of physics and the realisation of a possible career in physics a step closer.
Learners experimenting in the forensic science laboratory at SAASTA'S Johannesburg Observatory. For more information on school visits, contact Mavis at 011 551 5940.
Learning about physics the fun way at the Johannesburg Observatory. For more information on school visits, contact Mavis at 011 551 5940.
SA Science Lens - gold galore - André Botha of Pretoria's winning entry in the Science As Art category of the SA Science Lens competition shows golden islands on a carbon substrate.
The SA Science Lens competition gives SAASTA the opportunituy to communicate science in an exciting and visual manner. SAASTA will run the competition again in 2011. Click here to view the competition page.
SA Science Lens - the storm of the eye - Lourens Uitenweerde's winning entry in the in the Science As Art category of the SA Science Lens competition is a digitally manipulated close-up image of an eye.
Young Science Communicator's Competition Results
The overall winner of this round of the Young Science Communicator's Competition is Dr Leon Van Eck of Stellenbosch University. The entry that has revieved the most votes (68 out of 106) on Facebook and is therefore the "People's Choice", is Bongani Thabethe's radio script "Who could have thought there could be room at the bottom (thinking in the nanometer dimension)".
From time to time SAASTA invites organisations to respond to calls for proposal or interest. These calls can be for a variety of products or services. Click here to view the current calls.